The sun was shining early Sunday morning, and all I could think of was Outside!!
Eventually the notion came to me that it might be a fine day to visit the Aviary, so I took the idea to my family. The Aviary it was!
But in the meantime, there was whistling. Have I mentioned that Maddie whistles? Whistle, whistle, whistling... always whistling. At least five hours of the day is whistling. :)
And she's finding her style with wrapping presents.
She looooves to wrap presents. This one is her daddy's. It's caffeinated tea. To help him wake up. Usually for me she wraps up little bottles of essential oils. : )
So there was research
and a little bit of wii play
and after a late breakfast to keep us warm, we were off to the park.
We were introduced to Suli; she's a turkey vulture, o' course.
Suli was sunbathing and stretching... we learned that directly after vultures eat, instinctively they spread their wings wide so that the sun can disinfect their wings of any bacteria they might have picked up. Isn't that interesting? So they just walk around for a few minutes with their wings opened wide.
We also learned that not all birds at the aviary are crippled and recovering... many of the birds just stay of their own will, because they like interacting with and being rewarded by the humans. Many of the birds have opportunities to fly away, and it does happen that some do. I thought that was interesting, too.
The children got the opportunity to feed the Sun Conures. They went into their area, and hand-fed them apples. At first they were nervous, but by the end of the feeding session, they were quite thrilled to have the birds on and around them. Next time I'll go inside the enclosure with them (that fence drove me batty).
An' there was play...
and meeting new friends
until their Mama and Daddy were just too cold, and said 'twas time to go home.